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On Thursday 21st November we attended the Media Innovation Awards in Plymouth. We were nominated for two awards. The first in the Print category for our work with Creative England on the One Thing I ..
With the introduction of CSS3 the web has been peppered with astonishing uses of the newest coding capabilities and they all feature movement. I think this is a game-changer for us graphic designers and it’s ..
Futureboogie is a bristol-based music label and booking agency. With it’s beginnings as a club night over ten years ago, Futureboogie has become a recognised and respected music agency and label both within the UK ..
My usual gripe with design talks is that they can often be a little one-dimensional. Most are used as an opportunity for a portfolio brag or an exercise in name dropping when all I really ..
Situations is an award-winning visual arts organisation who commission and produce ambitious and inspiring projects by contemporary artists for a range of different sites and situations. Situations aim to produce a programme of commissions which challenge ..
Gods and Warriors is the next series from internationally bestselling author Michelle Paver, creator of Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, the final book of which won the 2010 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. We were approached by ..
This year the publishing platform WordPress is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary. With parties all over the world, and over 66 million installations it is apparently used on some 18% of the entire internet! So, for ..
Trovi London is a geo-locational app that instantly gives the user access to some of the capitals best kept secrets. The focus of the app is on offering its users exclusive time-sensitive deals, events and ..
Earlier this year, we were approached by the team at Creative England and asked if we’d like to pitch for a new project they were producing. The concept was to produce a book and supporting ..
On Monday 9th September I made the three hour train journey up to Manchester to attend the sixteenth BLAB event. After starting four years ago as a modest meet-up event for creatives, BLAB has evolved ..
Simple Things Festival is a unique one-day event which takes place in the centre of Bristol. Featuring a number of unused spaces in the city and a total of 10 stages hosting an eclectic selection ..
Elite Sports Properties UK (ESP) is a sports management company that represents a number of key sporting figures including household names Sir Chris Hoy, Rebecca Adlington OBE and Jason Kenny MBE. We were approached by ..
The CloudSpotter app has been devised by the Cloud Appreciation Society as a way for users to learn more about different clouds and cloud formations. We were asked by the app development agency to ..
Welcome to Bristol! It’s early October and the streets are teeming with fresh young student faces, itching to explore their new city. I could patronise you and pretend that the following Bristol-centric facts are for ..
Our long standing client and prestigious Savile Row tailors Henry Poole & Co wanted to align themselves and the Henry Poole & Co brand with a growing mobile market and restructure their current site so ..
After spending an afternoon diving into a mammoth pile of my belongings that I’m giving away to charity, (mainly due to the fact I don’t want Channel 4 making a documentary about a 27-year-old Bristol ..
One Thing I Know is a collection of articles written by over forty South West creative leaders, from the more established to niche start-ups, in order to share the knowledge gained from running a creative ..
Conceived as part of a self-initiated brief to mark the end of the “first truly digital festival from the BBC” we wanted to create an infographic that illustrated how audiences from beyond the festival walls ..
If you’ve read my latest news post ‘Why you should own a sketchbook’ you will understand that I appreciate putting pen to paper every now and then. And that’s exactly where this collaboration project with ..
The design field is awash with new graduates looking for work and competition is hotter than ever. Along with this, we have also seen the complete digitization of the application process particularly for Graphic Design ..
Clearwater is a state of the art anti-piracy management tool designed for use by ship owners and operators, specialist insurance providers, cargo stake holders and private maritime security companies. This advanced tracking system is used ..
On Friday 21st June we attended the second annual Here London event. Taking place at London’s Royal Geographical Society (RGS), Here is a one-day “fast-paced festival of creativity”. A creative symposium of “inspirational talks, experiments ..
Words and images by Sean McGowan Ride + Design is a one-off event in Bristol hosted by the Arnolfini and put together by The West of England Design Forum and local Bristol digital agency Pixillion ..
The western world is rapidly waking up to the role a graphic designer plays in modern society and Apple are playing a large part in enlightening the public. A quality exposition of the value of ..
A few weeks ago we examined the new Myspace design that is currently in Beta stage of testing. Touting it’s design ingenuity and bravery, we decided to speak to the designers at digital studio Josephmark to ..
Any developers out there will know that moment when seemingly out of nowhere pops a heavenly solution to a problem you’ve been running into for ages. The feeling of relief is enough, but there are some software discoveries that become such an integral part of your development process, you come to wonder how you ever got by without it. Here’s our best
Now in its second year, the Cheltenham Design Festival 2013 boasts a heavy weight line-up of speakers, open discussions and workshops which according to the website aim to “celebrate how original thought can change the ..
CRACK Magazine is a monthly newsprint publication that offers the latest in cutting edge music, art, reviews and listings. Now in it’s fourth year CRACK has grown substantially in distribution of the paper and in the amount of content published online.
Welcome to the new and improved Fiasco Design. With our new identity, comes a new online approach. As explained in our post here, we are welcoming the advent of what is called responsive web design. ..
In 2005 Myspace was by far the biggest social media player on the web and Facebook was only a year old. How times have changed. There’s no question that the new Myspace is undeniably beautiful, ..
Jason Kenny MBE is an English track cyclist specialising in the individual and team sprint. Since breaking onto the scene at the world junior championships in 2006, he’s won gold at both the Beijing and London Olympic ..
The Pod is a fun, stylish living unit for two that has been in production for over ten years. Inspired by 1940s and 50s teardrop caravans it is designed to be a compact, portable living ..
Towards the end of last year, we underwent our third re-branding in so many years. The process was well documented in this post here, but with our third birthday fast approaching I thought I might ..
The word “pitch” can be a dirty word to use amongst creative types. There is an ongoing debate within the industry over whether agencies pitching creative work to clients in a bid to win new ..
CRACK Magazine is a monthly newsprint publication that offers the latest in cutting edge music, art, reviews and listings. Now in it’s fourth year CRACK has grown substantially in distribution of the paper and in the amount of content published online.
On Wednesday night we gathered at the Arnolfini, Bristol along with a crowd of eager designer types to listen to illustrator and proclaimed graphic story teller Noma Bar tell us his own story as part ..
Regular exercise has a positive effect on your creativity and not just your waistline. We live in a society where we are constantly being bombarded with reminders that the majority of the population is over ..
We were asked by The Office Group, Bristol to create a vinyl wall decal for one of their meeting rooms. The design needed to be playful whilst including elements relating to the geographical location of The Office as well ..
Questions are extremely inviting, but there is another kind of design out there that is not only concerned with inviting response but also with inviting audiences into the design process itself
“Questions are more transforming than answers.” — Peter Block Any common conversation can be divided into three parts: speaking, listening and asking questions. The power of graphic design is generally employed to project information into ..
Dear Mr Glaser, you were wrong. I know it was a long time ago when he said it, but the relationship that a graphic designer shares with a computer is not comparable to the relationship ..
Towards the back end of 2012 I became increasingly aware that I had sunken into my studio chair and become a design machine. Ploughing through client work with no real emotional investment in the end ..
We were contacted last year by Choi’s Gallery, a bi-monthly publication and asked to submit some recent branding and web work. Choi’s Gallery is a unique magazine dedicated to the best new graphics from all ..
It’s hard to deny that digital connectivity has become an integral part of our every day lives. With over a billion users worldwide now on Facebook, and Twitter which provides a platform for news to spread ..
For years designers have been using technology to speed up their work process and it has long been true that, to the layperson, the mention of “Graphic Design” conjures up images of computer-bound tech-focused creative ..
It’s that time of year when we all begin to reflect back on what has been and the legacy that we’ll leave behind in 2012. We’ve seen some truly outstanding campaigns come and go this ..
If you’ve spent any amount of time on Tumblr, (or anywhere on the internet in-fact) you will no doubt have noticed the unexpected return of the quirky, retro novelty of the animated gif. Named after ..
Towards the end of the summer, we started to discuss idea of a re-brand and re-positioning ourselves. Our current brand and web presence was letting us down. It didn’t accurately portray where we were presently, more where we had been. This needed to change. It’s always important to keep moving forward if you want to continue to develop as a business.
It’s been over a year since the launch of Nightmare High, an educational web game from Channel 4 Education aimed at helping 10-11 year old children with the transition from primary school to secondary school. ..
Compiled of short animations created for clients over 2012, the showreel contains work for Hiring-Hub, Pixie Me, The Cloud Appreciation Society, Content Hub and Aragreen.
We were approached by the team at Aardman Digital and asked to create some character concepts that they could use for a series of flash animations they were putting together for the BBC Bitesize website. ..
Hiring-Hub, an innovative new recruitment agency based in Manchester, approached us to create a short animation to help explain the service they offer to a wider audience.
Last Friday Fiasco went to see Fred Deakin, formally from Airside Studios, speak about ‘Interactive Spaces’. Always looking to add an extra layer of engagement in his projects, Deakin’s talk followed on seamlessly from our ..
Unless you live under a rock, you might have noticed that a certain Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner recently broke three world records by jumping out of a capsule at 24 miles up thanks to the ..
The new Bristol based nightclub is a intended to be a platform for new nights and local promoters, aimed at appealing to a wide and diverse range of clients. The club itself has been refurbished ..
What is it that makes a truly terrible website stand out from the hideous crowd? No doubt, it’s comedy. While the web is awash with .gif overloaded, background-repeating rainbow puking pages, there are a few ..
What a bloody good night, literally! We embarked on the fun and frightful frolic that was Trick or Treat. An exhibition of new streetart by RPM, Rich T, Sickboy, Mudwig, Eko and Russell Maurice presented ..
A comic love letter to a sans serif in celebration of National Poetry Day. Your Sans In Mine When I first saw your face I thought, it’s not me, it’s you. You’re just not my ..
Bristol is surprising. Did you know that Gloucester Road is thought to have more independent shops than any other street in Britain, possibly even Europe? As the Bristol Pound is on it’s way into our ..
After the initial success of the Pixie-Me Consumer animation, we were asked to create a second animation that would inform business owners of the benefits of joining the UK’s first community based loyalty scheme.
Yep. You saw it right, ANOTHER post about the Olympics. It’s no secret we are big fans of the games, indeed we’ve written about them a lot! But only now have we allowed ourselves to ..
Yesterday afternoon President Obama, one of the most powerful men on the planet, began an open forum on Reddit with the invitation “ask me anything”. It’s obvious why. Engaging with people is important if you ..
The recent news that Australia has passed a law to strip all cigarette packages of branding has got us asking a lot of questions in the Fiasco studio. The law, which requires all tobacco to ..
We have been hooked on the Olympics here at Fiasco. We did our best to keep up with the athletes, not just on the track but on Twitter too. Stories of trolling abounded as athletes ..
We were approached by the Alfresco Disco team and asked if we could create a WordPress site that conveyed their unique style of day and night time events. Working closely with the team, we put ..
Holidays, they benefit us before we even embark on them. The build up, the anticipation and the ability to look forward to a vacation is probably something that started when we were still in school, ..
The Olympic games are now officially underway. Kicking off with a 1 – 0 win for Team GBs Women’s Football and a diplomatic nightmare concerning Korean flag mix ups, the cultural explosion of the opening ..
TrendyTags is an independent retailer from Whitchurch, Cardiff with exclusive selling rights to brands such as Havaniana, Hilfiger Denim and Oiler Boiler. We were asked by Trendy Tags to create an new identity and eCommerce ..
In last weeks post we defended the Olympic pictograms raising the importance of context in judging them a success. Today though we look at Wenlock and Mandeville, our charmingly named London 2012 Mascots for whom ..
Having run for a few years now, Glug, a creative drinks and “Notworking” event aimed at designers, has rapidly turned from a pub meet-up with friends into a thriving nationwide event. Set up by Nick ..
Best exemplified in the skype-team approach adopted by digital agency Universal Everything, it’s not uncommon these days to see a design project conducted without a face-to-face meeting. I recently completed my first entirely long-distance project, ..
Often the question time after a lecture is a stale drawn-out end to an interesting talk. This one though, ending a discussion at the Arnolfini from Karen Welman of Pearlfisher design agency, turned out to ..
After designing a Facebook App for a well known, celebrity-endorsed crisp manufacturer we’re very much in the Great British spirit here at Fiasco. In a year jam-packed with specifically British jubilation, we’re taking a brief ..
AYMO is a start-up clothing brand who work with artisans and designers developing unique, ethical handmade fashion items. AYMO’s mission statement is to “discover creative craft and adapt it to the urban fashion world”. With ..
We were approached by software consultancy Content Hub and asked to create a new brand and visual identity including both on and offline material. The purpose of re-positioning the Content Hub brand was to visually ..
As part of Guimaraes 2012, this year’s European Capital of Culture, Watershed is partnering with curator Tom Fleming, to deliver the Open Cities strand of the Cidade (City) Programme. The Watershed, Bristol approached us to ..
Easter is upon us! A time of treasure and intrigue. Here at Fiasco we thought we’d share some of our own discoveries in a fitting cryptic fashion. A sort of DIY news that gets you ..
Yesterday was April 1st 2012 and this can only mean one thing: Another day of unpredictable pranks from some of the webs tech giants. Once again, April Fools day didn’t fail to deliver with Google, ..
The Draw to Explore project started as a simple self-initiated piece of work aimed at communicating a simple idea: every creative concept starts with a piece of paper and a pencil. With this in mind ..
The 2012 budget unveiling is all over the news and a glimpse of the House of Commons could be witnessed even in the Fiasco Studio yesterday lunchtime. Among the economic rhetoric and political rigmarole newspapers ..
We created a short animated informational video as an introduction to the Pixie-Me brand and online social network service. In short, Pixie Me is a socially driven loyalty & reward network made up of ..
The new iPad launch featured something that caught our eye. A glance at the next step in the ever evolving brand. In this case it looks like a return to the colourful rainbow style originally ..
When economic times are tough, creativity flourishes. It may seem backwards when projects with tiny budgets keep coming your way. But there is something to be said for general thriftiness. I was recently at a ..
Valentines is upon us and here at Fiasco we’re in the mood for love. Turning our gaze toward designs that are packed full of heart this post is a small dip into a huge ocean ..
It’s hard to understand how a visual bookmarking site can gain mass popularity, make a considerable impression on the web design world and begin to drive more traffic than Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn combined, all ..
It was a strange conversion. University had me thoroughly set on all things printed. I took a short course in book-making and was hooked on the idea of hand-made, limited edition design work. There was ..
There is a wealth of video online these days. On Friday we discussed the coming diversification of YouTube which plans to create dedicated live channels. This development, alongside lesser known services like iTunesU will most ..
This week we saw the arrival of Tom, the newest addition to the Fiasco Family. Tom has joined us as a front-end developer and designer. With a diverse range of influences and skills, Tom ..
Aragreen is a start-up company aimed at supplying water companies with a sustainable and innovative way of purifying water through a new ground-breaking algae product. We were asked to create a short information graphic animation ..
Services like iPlayer are increasingly filling the television gap for students once they leave home, turning TV into a relatively insular experience. Now that catch up culture is well and truly settling in to television ..
We were approached by established Saville Row tailors Henry Poole & Co and asked to re-design their website. Henry Poole are famous for fitting historical figures such as Winston Churchill, Charles Dickens and King Edward ..
At this time of year, when the sun has got his winter hat on and new years resolutions can be seen falling by the wayside, we are told it’s the most depressing time of the ..
It is no secret that here at Fiasco we love our illustration, as well as our films. Saul Bass famously brought bold illustrated graphics to films decades ago and you can read about our love ..
It was Steve Jobs, who in 1984, launched the first Apple Macintosh complete with a range of typefaces named after a few of his favourite cities including Chicago, New York, Geneva and Monaco. These simple ..
We’re now a couple of weeks into 2012 and chances are you’ll be feeling more alive than you were this time 17 days ago. Those post Christmas and New Years blues will be starting to ..
For creatives, the online world is becoming a vital facet of career development. While personal portfolio sites are important, so are those sites that help us share and display our work within collaborative communities; providing ..
Following on from my previous post on the Facebook Timeline, Fiasco has been taking a look at Google Plus. Having recently signed up we thought we’d share some things we’re excited about using more in ..
It’s no secret. Facebook is big. Really really big. If it was a country it would be the third biggest in the world. With over 800 million users worldwide, questions have recently been thrown up ..
This Christmas we were lucky enough to be given a copy of the first book ever to be published on one of the greatest designers of the 20th Century – Saul Bass. Famous for both ..
We’ve seen a lot of changes this year at Fiasco. After moving studio and expanding our team, our focus now turns to 2012 and beyond. As we look to turn our skills to App development ..
The newest member of the Fiasco team, junior designer and all round nice guy Tom, discusses his experience in working with Adobe Illustrator to create initial web visuals and the advantages and disadvantages of using ..
We were commissioned by the owners of Nom Nom to create a brand marque and visual identity for their flagship sandwich and food outlet in the centre of Bristol. The business intended to focus on ..
We all know how precious our time is as designers and anything that can help speed up productivity is a bonus. With this in mind, shortcuts on programs such as Adobe Illustrator are invaluable in ..
As winter brings us dark studio nights and seasonal deadlines, you might find yourself searching for some music to help you through those long studio hours. When there is no room at the Spotify inn, ..
With a wealth of design news and inspiration available these days on the world wide web, we have decided to pick out some of our favourite online places to keep up-to-date with the design world ..
More and more recently we have been approached by agencies and individuals to pitch for design work. We’re generally only to happy to oblige but never more so than when we were approached by Vietnam ..
“It’s not the destination, it’s the adventure along the way” On Tuesday, we were very kindly invited to attend the premiere of Art of Flight, a new snowboard documentary from the Red Bull Media House. ..
Last thursday Fiasco Designs’ Tom Morris visited the BFI Southbank as part of presentations for onedotzero’s graduate training program cascade. After presentations, we were treated to a keynote speech by the industrious Wayne Hemmingway followed ..
Many designers and studios will face a time where promoting themselves becomes a vital part of work. As Fiasco Design look to do the same and with the ringing of sleigh bells in the distance ..
It was with great sadness that we awoke to the news that London-based creative design agency Airside will be closing it’s doors after 14 years of success. From March 2012, Airside London will be no ..
“The process always starts with pencils and pens” Yesterday Fiasco joined a talk by Philip Hunt Director and Creative Director of the prestigious animation studio Studio AKA as part of Bristol’s annual Encounters Film festival. ..
Following a series of recent projects we found ourselves in a situation that I’m sure many designers have come across in the past. We found ourselves asking “what makes design, good design?”. It is too ..
In October of this year, Tom, the newest member of the Fiasco team was selected from over 200 applicants to take part in onedotzero’s week-long graduate training program Cascade. Here are a few words from ..
Nightmare High is a BAFTA award-winning educational game from Channel 4 Education aimed at helping 10-11 year old children with the transition from primary school to secondary school. “It is your first day at Nightmare ..
Flesh eating teachers, brain scanning machines, evil sky rockets and the most mighty packed lunchbox in the history of the universe all feature in Nightmare High, a new game from Channel 4 which Somethin’ Else ..
Last night Fiasco attended An Evening of Typography put on by the West of England Design forum at the Arnolfini. We heard in-depth talks from type designers David Quay and Jeremy Tankard. First up, Jeremy ..
We were asked by TEDx to design some promo packs for an independent event they were putting on in Bristol. The brief was to create a promo pack that fitted in with the TEDx ethos. ..
We were contacted by London digital agency Poke London and asked to produce a series of superhero illustrations for an Orange Wednesdays film competition they were running through Facebook. Celebrating the release of the new ..
Shoot DHS were in need of a new website and reposition of their logo. As a modelling agency they were growing and were in need of a site that could help with the future growth ..
JAVA Cocktail Bar & Club needed help to reinvent their ethos and image, as a renowned and prestigious Bristol venue. We were tasked with achieving this rebrand organically without a huge relaunch. The brief was ..
We were approached by Bristol based design consultancy Company X and asked to work on the creative for a high profile local client: South West Screen. The main objective was to develop a brand and ..
We were offered a chance to pitch for the Mens Space project alongside 5 other reputable design companies. We impressed with our initial designs and were successful in winning the pitch. We were tasked with ..